Wednesday, December 19, 2007

2008 Baja Racing Schedule Announced


The 2008 Baja Racing Schedule was announced today


The first race of the season is the Superstition Plaster City West race, scheduled for February 16. The local race is out on the low desert, just outside of El Centro, it's a great primer for desert racers at the start of the racing season. The beloved original organizer, Fud, will be remembered at the start of this season.


The Baja 250 is back in San Felipe this year! March 14-15. The favorite of Baja racers everywhere, won't have any spring breakers but, it will have what Baja racers want this year, no Ensenada. From the Miramar Bar to the famous whoops, Baja Racing News.com will cover this race, LIVE!


The Alamo 200, a favorite of the locals of Ensenada, Baja Mexico, will run its traditional route near the coastal range of Baja Norte, a fast race, it'll be over in less than six hours. Contingency in downtown Ensenada.


The new Mexicali 500, September 28-30, will run from Mexicali to San Felipe again this year. Contingency in Mexicali on Friday.


The Baja Night Race will run May 18-20. Contingency in Mexicali and the race runs just west of town throughout the dry lake and low desert in the shadow of the sierra's. Warm desert nights and families from all over Baja Mexico, make this a local favorite.


The Baja 500 this year is scheduled for May 30 -June 1. Another Baja Racing News.com LIVE event. Back in Ensenada for the first time for American racers, since all the crime stories of last years, Baja 1000. A loop race located around Ensenada, Baja California, it's becoming well known for its commonplace criminal activity.


The Summer race, Ensenada to San Felipe, a desert race tradition, runs from the Pacific coastal town of Ensenada to the desert outpost of San Felipe, many teams end up running for hours through the coastal sections, mountain passes and the low desert into the Sea of Cortez coastal hamlet San Felipe, at night.


The Baja Gran Prix will be August 1 and 2. The race is located in the pinon mountains, the high country of Baja Mexico. The smuggling ranches of Jacume welcome hundreds of fans and racers between Tecate and La Rumorosa.


Another traditional Ensenada race, the San Vincente 200 in August, the course runs around the agricultural community of San Vincente south of Ensenada, through the coastal ranch country. Lots of open country. Think central California fifty years ago.


The Mexicali 300, September 28-30, runs in the low Colorado Desert outside of the state capital. Still warm from the summer, this race welcomes local racers from the Mexicali Valley. The course is a loop race starting and finishing in Mexicali, Baja Norte.


Back to Ensenada. This years Baja 1000 is a loop race starting and finishing in Ensenada. Covered LIVE by Baja Racing News.com.


The third annual CABO 500 is scheduled for November 29-30. This years race is a loop race, starting and finishing on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Baja South.


The San Felipe 275, another Ensenada to San Felipe race, will run in December. From the Pacific coast crossing the Baja peninsula to the desert coast to San Felipe. Contingency in Ensenada on Friday.


The Dezert Cult will crash the dash, one of the longest running Superstition races in the low desert outside of San Diego, California. This race runs near New Years day with local desert fanatics, out in force! The traditional season finisher for years.


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2008 Baja Racing Series


Plaster City West Feb 16
Baja 250 March 14-15 LIVE EVENT Third Anniversary
Alamo 200 March 23-25
Mexicali 500 May 30-31
Baja Night Race May 18-20
Baja 500 M30-J1 LIVE EVENT
Ensenada-SF 250 June 22-24
Baja Gran Prix August 3-4
San Vincente 200 Aug 24-25
Mexicali 300 Sept 28-30
Baja 1000 Nov 19-22 LIVE EVENT
CABO 500 Nov 29-30
San Felipe 275 Dec
Dezert Cult Raid Dec 30-31

Monday, December 17, 2007

Skull Helmet Flying off the shelves for Chrustmas!


The NEW Santiago Choppers Skull Helmet of perfect for that light duty moto ride on Christmas Day with your new Bike!
Listed at a discount and rolling of Santiagos shelves, this hat is great for around town or your next Raider football game. Here's a link to the order page. Baja Racing News.com

Andy McMillin Baja 1000 Desert Race Report


Andy McMillin Overcomes and Finishes SCORE Baja 1000

San Diego, CA - Many veterans of the world famous SCORE Baja 1000 race were saying this years contest would be the most grueling in recent memory, and that proved to be true for more than one competitor. For Andy McMillin, it was mechanical issues that plagued him right from the start. Andy lost his alternator at race mile 78. Because of the unexpected location of the problem it took chase crews over two hours to reach the immobile truck with the replacement part. Once the number thirty-one McMillin/Red Bull Trophy Truck began moving again they regained some ground, only to suffer the very same problem. Troubleshooting revealed an apparent wiring issue, which was fixed quickly. The McMillin team battled the Baja terrain and even a few booby-traps before the truck was stopped again near race mile 980, just passed Loreto, with a failed transmission. After spending three hours swapping out the transmissions, the McMillin/Red Bull Trophy Truck once again began moving towards the finish, finally crossing the finish line through the Red Bull arches at 1:30 am Thursday morning with an official time of 38 hrs and 22 minutes.

"We had a little bad luck right from the start, but we didn’t give up. We got to the finish. In my eyes anybody who finishes this race is a champion. I want to thank my crew and the other drivers. They stayed and slugged it out with me to get the finish. I couldn’t have done that without them. Will be back next year ready to win!” stated the unfazed McMillin. Andy’s uncle, Mark McMillin finished 4th in Class 1 and 8th overall, and Andy’s cousin Daniel managed to also finish 4th in the highly competitive 1/2 1600 class.


Andy has stood up and is now leading off road racers to demand action on the part of SCORE in Mexico, relating to the crime wave covering Baja California. The Hall Family incident and many other reports of crimes against Americans in Baja Mexico, is now widely recognized as a serious threat against international travel to Baja California, Mexico.

Check out Andy’s website for race results, photos and video of The Baja 1000.
http://www.andymcmillin.com/

Andy is sponsored by:
McMillin Homes • Red Bull • BF Goodrich • SKG Automotive Customizers • Vision X Lights • DC Shoes • Spy Sunglasses • Alpinestars • FOX Racing Shox • K&N • MSD • Kicker Car Stereos


Sunday, December 16, 2007

Mark Post, Baja Badass, Saved by Off Road Racing


Baja Racing News EXCLUSIVE


"Do I have a story for you!", the local Cabeno told me. "It's about Money, Land and Racing!", he continued. My source is one of Cabo's 'Loco Miguels'.
A few years ago the Cabeno saw an advertisement in the local paper, a large chunk of San Jose del Cabo coast, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. So, I got some of the details about the parcel, it was on sale right at the time the coastal properties were going like hotcakes. Room rates were up and local room construction in the area, was lagging.
To my amazement, the price was right! Far below real value. I suddenly remembered my friend, who, awhile ago, after a social at an east cape hotel, was going to fly his new plane off of the hotels strip. There is a long history of local ranch owners and visitors flying after 'a social'. That's how the Buena Vista resort was sold off. Herb Tansey had too many rum & cokes one day with a friend at his resort. And flying against my advise, he crashed, killing himself and a friend. The resort was sold off later. Too bad, great location, world famous resort, gone.
Yes, I recalled that afternoon when that American was about to fly off the strip, over the Sea of Cortez, then off to parts elsewhere. When I thought about the hotel owner of the strip, saying very clearly, "someday someone is going to kill themselves on my strip and I'll have to close my air-strip. One of the last open airstrips for Americans to fly their private planes to, in Mexico. Just like in Baja's glory days, when Desi Arnaz, Bing Crosby, John Wayne and many others frequented the cape of Baja California.
Bing Crosby, in particular, frequented one ranch to go 'dune buggying' with his daughter to look for local fossils and tool around the local environs. The Hollywood elite loved the Cape, Cabo. The fishing, the hunting and they could live freely. No FBI microphones. Never underestimate how badly the big movie stars needed to 'get out of the country', to get away from J. Edgar Hoovers tape recording efforts in the late fifties and throughout the sixties.
The resort owner complained about it often. Many small mishaps over the years made the resort owner wonder, when will it happen. The resort had been open since the early sixties. Well the American revved his engines, it was his new plane, and was heading down the runway, when a local Mexican truck barrelled right into the path of the plane. The accident was horrible, the plane with all its forward energy would have been totally destroyed, if the cement wall at the far-end of the runway would have been finished. A classic Mexican wall. Not finished.
No matter, no-one would be able to walk away from that accident.
The plane tore off the roof of the truck, crumpled itself in the corner of the airstrip, dead and smoking. We ran to the plane, to do what we could. When, to our amazement, the American flying the plane, stepped out of it like a movie star!
He survived! Walked away! Later that day the strip was closed forever, to be made into a golf course. The resort owner exclaimed for years, it finally happened, someone should have been killed, luckily they were OK, "that guy had more money than brains", he said on many occasions, recalling the day. The resort owner told me that story several times over the course of our friendship. Never recalling the name of the American pilot who closed his strip down. After hearing the whole story, maybe the truth is 'more luck'....
That's the guy who later bought the land on the beach in San Jose that I suggested, he's building a huge resort that'll open this winter, he got a steal of deal and dammit, "I never got the commission amount I should have"! As I listened to the Cabeno, he later asked who won the race to Cabo this year. The Baja race came to Cabo this year, only for the second time in its history. I told him the name of the sponsor and he made nothing of it. But, when I mentioned the name of the driver of record, the cabenos eyes glowed and his tale took on a whole new life.
A name to the old story of the American whose accident closed the resort airstrip, once and for all. After many tellings of the same story without a name.
The pilot of the crashed plane and the buyer of the prime beach land was Mark Post!
When asked about this tale in Cabo, on a warm afternoon in Mexico, on the beach at the office, after Mark won this years Baja 1000. The 40th running of the race. I asked Mark, he smiled brightly, shook my hand strong like a Baja cowboy and said, "Yes, that's me, off-road saved me, off-road racing saved me". He moved off into the crowd of Herbsts, Baldwins and Gordons and the like, to enjoy his Baja 1000 victory with friends.
The same guy with the handcuffs in the last Baja 250, 'Above The Law'!

The "Above The Law", Black Champion of 2007, Riviera Racing's, Mark Post.
Baja Racing News.com EXCLUSIVE

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Black Championship Celebrated in So-Cal Overnight


Last Night, in a corner office bar in Orange County So-Cal Southern California, the faithful gathered to celebrate Mark Post and Riviera Racings Baja 1000 Victory and the release of the third installment of off-road kick-ass videohood.


Booze, babes and off-road, can't go wrong and the DVD "Above the Law" is now officially a CLASSIC. Sinister films release was excellent and the DVD is well worth the money, get-it! Thanks to Sinister, Riviera and our So-Cal Goon Friends, a great night had by all!
Stay tuned for an exclusive story on Mark Post in Sundays issue of the NEWS.
Baja Racing News.com

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Baja 250 Spring Break CANCELED!


Baja Racing News.com EXCLUSIVE!

UPDATED!


Baja 250 Spring Break CANCELED!

San Felipe, Mexico- In a stunning development late this afternoon, the regional tourism department and chamber of commerce in San Felipe Mexico, met behind closed doors to allow the local business community to cancel the date of the previously announced Baja 250/ SPRING BREAK GROUPS.

There just is not enough rooms in San Felipe for both events at the same time! The decision means no 'spring breakers' will be in town during the race. At least from the big organized spring break groups.

The race is scheduled for March 14-15. SCORE had announced the March 14-15 dates without the knowledge that much of San Felipe had been booked already, by Spring Break groups! When the community found out about the scheduling conflict, the meeting that just ended in San Felipe, was called by the local CANACO (Chamber of Commerce) to address the conflicts.

The changes to the announced dates would have caused havoc to the schedules of offroad racing throughout the West.

The reason for the changes. According to the Tourism Department of Baja California, the dates of the 14-15 conflicted with previously scheduled Spring Break activites in town and the even larger Holy Week in Mexico, scheduled for the following weekend.
The meeting ended moments ago.

UPDATED!

SCORE Press Release Issued

Moments After the Meeting!

SAN FELIPE THREE YEAR DEAL

"Sal Fish finalizes Agreement
Returning to San Felipe, Baja California, for March race
Finalizes six-race 2008 SCORE Desert Series Schedule

22nd Annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 to be held March 14-15, 2008
Along the picturesque azure waters of the Sea of Cortez

LOS ANGELES—Following lengthy negotiations, SCORE International has officially announced that the location for the popular ‘Spring Break’ desert race held annually in March in Mexico’s Baja California peninsula will return to San Felipe for 2008. The 22nd Annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 will be held March 14-15 in the quaint fishing village on the East coast of Baja California along the tranquil Sea of Cortez.
Because of significant political situations beyond its control, SCORE was forced at the last minute to move the 2007 event to the West coast of the peninsula, where it started in Ensenada and finished in Santo Tomas.
With the location finalized for the March race, SCORE International is ready to launch its six-race 2008 SCORE Desert Series.
Keeping the same venues and all but one of the same race weekends for its five open desert races and one stadium-style short-course event as the past three years, the 2008 SCORE Desert Series will again feature three races in Southern Nevada and three in Mexico.
“We were forced to move the 2007 spring race on less than 10 days notice and we are confident that the issues that affected us have all been resolved,” said Sal Fish, CEO/President of SCORE, which is based in Los Angeles. “We never wanted to leave San Felipe in the first place so we are obviously very excited to return to San Felipe where we have had such great races over the years. We are finalizing details with Mexican authorities that will enhance some of the spectator areas for the race.”
In confirming the commitment of the Mexican authorities to bring this popular race back to San Felipe, Rodolfo Valdez, Mayor of the city of Mexicali that has jurisdiction over San Felipe, expressed complete cooperation from all parties involved to execute the final permits for the event.
“We want this race to return to our area where it has grown to be one of our very best special events and the economic impact of the race speaks for itself,” said Valdez. “We have the full support of state and federal authorities. We are committed to have this spectacular event in San Felipe for the full three years of our term in office and into the future beyond that.”
In 2006, the last time the race was held in San Felipe, there were a race-record 341 starters. That number was topped in 2007 in Ensenada when a new record of 394 starters took the green flag in the race."


Baja Racing News.com

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

San Felipe 275 This Weekend Baja Racing Series



Baja Racing News.com
2007 BAJA RACING SERIES
SAN FELIPE 275 BAJA MEXICO
Overall Motos
Numero
Nombre
TiempoFinal
4X
Carlos Casas
03:49:27Overall carros
Numero
Nombre
TiempoFinal
1610
Alex Navarrete
03:56:45Clase 1
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
101
Sergio Nuñez
8:50:00 AM
1:37:03 PM
04:47:03Clase 10
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
1014
Jesus Gonzalez Agundez
8:51:00 AM
12:59:32 PM
04:08:32
1000
Javier Robles Zavala
8:52:00 AM

DNF Clase 12
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
1202
Javier Robles Jr
8:54:00 AM
1:43:31 PM
04:49:31
1206
Scott Zimmerman
8:57:00 AM
1:48:07 PM
04:51:07
1249
Richard Garavito (penalizado 10 mins)
8:55:00 AM
1:52:38 PM
04:57:38
1201
Victor Angel Valdes Chavez
8:53:00 AM
3:16:30 PM
06:23:30
1248
Jose Lopez
8:56:00 AM

DNF Clase 16
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
1610
Alex Navarrete
9:00:30 AM
12:57:15 PM
03:56:45
1603
Juan Sanchotena
8:58:00 AM
12:57:02 PM
03:59:02
1600
Francisco Bio
8:59:00 AM
1:03:50 PM
04:04:50
1696
Cheto Muñoz Horta
9:01:30 AM
1:16:17 PM
04:14:47
1609
Mario III Ruanova
9:00:00 AM
1:16:16 PM
04:16:16
1646
Rafael Felix
8:57:30 AM
1:24:04 PM
04:26:34
1613
Fernando Flores
9:01:00 AM
1:31:01 PM
04:30:01
1699
Daniel Magaña Vera
9:02:30 AM
1:36:48 PM
04:34:18
1606
Juan Naranjo
8:58:30 AM
2:25:05 PM
05:26:35
1608
Angel Barajas Alcala
8:59:30 AM
2:35:22 PM
05:35:52
1698
Martin Gonzalez
9:02:00 AM

DNF
1602
Manuel Cruz
8:58:00 AM

DNF Clase 8
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
855
Juan Manuel Castañeda
9:06:30 AM
1:54:52 PM
04:48:22
800
Bernardo Villalba
9:07:00 AM
4:18:31 PM
07:11:31
804
Raul Garcia
9:07:30 AM
5:12:44 PM
08:05:14
899
Eduardo Orozco
9:08:00 AM

DNF Clase 7
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
710
Everardo Fierro
9:05:00 AM
1:20:04 PM
04:15:04
702
Alex Almaraz
9:04:30 AM
1:26:20 PM
04:21:50
705
Blas Corona
9:03:00 AM
1:25:48 PM
04:22:48
714
Poncho Varo
9:05:30 AM
1:32:28 PM
04:26:58
708
Greg Garber
9:05:00 AM
3:03:59 PM
05:58:59
707
Alejandro Cervantes
9:03:30 AM

DNF
703
Guillermo Galvan
9:04:30 AM

DNF
704
Hector Salazar
9:04:00 AM

DNF Clase 7 Stock
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
734
Ricardo Vindiola Gonzalez
9:09:00 AM
2:02:21 PM
04:53:21
763
Joel Garcia Sandez
9:14:00 AM
2:10:22 PM
04:56:22
788
Daniel Uriarte (penalizado 10 mins)
9:09:30 AM
2:20:33 PM
05:11:03
741
Noe Sierra
9:15:30 AM
2:28:09 PM
05:12:39
778
Alejandro Aguilar
9:18:00 AM
2:31:34 PM
05:13:34
777
Oscar Solaiza Estrada
9:19:00 AM
2:39:21 PM
05:20:21
721
Elias Hanna Novelo
9:12:30 AM
2:50:20 PM
05:37:50
720
Jose Abelardo Grijalva
9:14:30 AM
3:21:25 PM
06:06:55
799
Jonathan Betancourt V.
9:19:30 AM
3:45:27 PM
06:25:57
771
Oscar Licon
9:11:00 AM
3:40:10 PM
06:29:10
758
Gerardo Novelo
9:11:30 AM
3:50:50 PM
06:39:20
733
Antonio Hernandez
9:16:00 AM
4:07:42 PM
06:51:42
727
Carlos Arce Jr.
9:13:00 AM
4:19:19 PM
07:06:19
725
Carlos Ortega Tapia
9:15:00 AM
4:59:45 PM
07:44:45
738
Gabriel Gonzalez Cisneros
9:17:00 AM
5:04:25 PM
07:47:25
742
Oscar Galindo Ruiz
9:10:00 AM
5:24:57 PM
08:14:57
723
Roberto Mercado Galindo
9:18:30 AM

DNF
755
Rudy Suarez C.
9:18:00 AM

DNF
737
Arturo Hernandez
9:15:30 AM

DNF
770
Alejandro Murillo
9:17:30 AM

DNF
735
Ivan Ptacnik
9:10:30 AM

DNF
728
Francisco Huereca
9:13:30 AM

DNF
724
Jorge Valdiviezo
9:12:00 AM

DNF
748
Andrew Becerra
9:16:30 AM

DNF Clase 5 Open
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
502
Gerardo Rodrigo Arce Amador
9:08:30 AM
5:55:57 PM
08:47:27
501
David Rosas
9:08:00 AM

DNF Clase 5-1600
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
596
Carlos Rascon
9:23:30 AM
2:13:01 PM
04:49:31
555
Gustavo Aviña
9:22:30 AM
2:25:29 PM
05:02:59
552
Jorge Bautista
9:21:00 AM
2:45:50 PM
05:24:50
553
Marco Antonio Marquez
9:21:30 AM
2:59:19 PM
05:37:49
593
Guillermo Colina
9:23:00 AM
3:05:48 PM
05:42:48
554
Raul Lopez
9:22:00 AM
4:10:50 PM
06:48:50 Clase 15
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
1504
Octavio Zamora Lopez
9:25:00 AM
2:25:31 PM
05:00:31
1501
Ivan Garcia
9:24:00 AM
2:25:30 PM
05:01:30
1502
Jesus Antonio Mercado Gonzalez
9:24:30 AM
2:37:47 PM
05:13:17
1596
Rogelio Valenzuela Coronado
9:29:30 AM
2:44:53 PM
05:15:23
1506
Jesus Jimenez Muñiz
9:26:00 AM
2:50:34 PM
05:24:34
1508
Javier Guillins
9:26:30 AM
2:55:14 PM
05:28:44
1599
Jozef Aguayo Cannon
9:30:30 AM
3:13:45 PM
05:43:15
1507
Fritz Ochs
9:26:30 AM
3:24:05 PM
05:57:35
1509
Hugo Tiznado
9:27:30 AM
3:30:38 PM
06:03:08
1505
Guillermo Medina Ruiz
9:25:30 AM
3:36:20 PM
06:10:50
1594
Ricardo Rabago
9:29:00 AM
3:44:49 PM
06:15:49
1510
Dario Villanueva
9:28:00 AM

DNF
1598
Gerardo Diaz
9:30:00 AM

DNF
1512
Victor Ibarra
9:28:30 AM

DNF Clase 14
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
1404
Juan Avila
9:32:30 AM
2:12:53 PM
04:40:23
1408
Fausto Moreno
9:34:00 AM
2:22:26 PM
04:48:26
1499
Hector Pimentel
9:37:00 AM
2:59:44 PM
05:22:44
1409
Tito Alcaraz
9:34:30 AM
3:04:05 PM
05:29:35
1406
Ricardo Flores
9:33:30 AM
3:03:17 PM
05:29:47
1498
Rodrigo Ferla
9:36:30 AM
3:10:19 PM
05:33:49
1401
Raul Rodriguez
9:31:00 AM
3:19:55 PM
05:48:55
1405
Sergio Nicho Torres
9:33:00 AM
3:35:15 PM
06:02:15
1497
Roy Valdez
9:36:00 AM
3:39:55 PM
06:03:55
1402
Alejandro Medina Camacho
9:31:30 AM
3:50:44 PM
06:19:14
1403
Ramon Aguilar Rangel
9:32:00 AM
4:39:34 PM
07:07:34
1410
Victor Gonzalez Castro
9:34:30 AM
5:06:12 PM
07:31:42
1496
Cristobal Mercado
9:35:30 AM

DNF
1407
Ramon Moreno Jimenez
9:33:30 AM

DNF
1411
Victor Rodriguez
9:35:00 AM

DNF Clase 9
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
902
Jose Loaiza
9:37:30 AM
3:28:00 PM
05:50:30
903
Elias Romero
9:38:00 AM
3:57:00 PM
06:19:00
998
Sergio Frias Reynoso
9:38:00 AM
6:10:59 PM
08:32:59Clase 11
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
1125
Porfirio Gutierrez
9:46:30 AM
3:14:17 PM
05:27:47
1197
Roberto Escobedo Avalos
9:51:00 AM
3:26:17 PM
05:35:17
1101
Federico Ramirez
9:39:30 AM
3:27:59 PM
05:48:29
1106
Miguel Mexia
9:41:30 AM
3:37:45 PM
05:56:15
1193
Eliat Cabrales Delgado
9:50:00 AM
3:52:40 PM
06:02:40
1130
Ricardo Lopez Chavez
9:48:30 AM
3:57:17 PM
06:08:47
1135
Miguel Haro
9:49:30 AM
4:27:43 PM
06:38:13
1117
Jesus Peinado Hernandez
9:43:30 AM
4:28:41 PM
06:45:11
1133
Erick Ocegueda
9:49:00 AM
4:48:38 PM
06:59:38
1104
Juan Manuel Jimenez Gamez
9:40:30 AM
4:41:31 PM
07:01:01
1196
Jorge Carlos Sierra
9:50:30 AM
5:05:30 PM
07:15:00
1126
Lael Cuevas Arenas
9:47:00 AM
5:03:40 PM
07:16:40
1113
Erick Rivera
9:42:30 AM
5:03:17 PM
07:20:47
1108
Felix Garcia
9:42:00 AM
5:24:40 PM
07:42:40
1129
Felipe Ortega
9:48:00 AM

DNF
1118
Christopher Bañuelos
9:44:00 AM

DNF
1115
Martin Rodriguez Moreno
9:43:30 AM

DNF
1122
Cristobal Gonzalez
9:45:30 AM

DNF
1127
Guillermo Ruiz
9:47:30 AM

DNF
1105
Ernesto Gonzalez
9:41:00 AM

DNF
1114
Sergio Sarmiento Zepeda
9:43:00 AM

DNF
1121
Raul Ojeda
9:45:00 AM

DNF
1103
Pedro Sanchez Escalante
9:40:00 AM

DNF
1120
Adalberto Muñoz Jr
9:44:30 AM

DNF
1124
Alex Rivas
9:46:00 AM

DNF Clase Safari
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
S6
Francisco Diaz Jr
9:54:00 AM
3:48:47 PM
05:54:47
S3
Victor M. Celis Gallegos
9:52:30 AM
3:59:59 PM
06:07:29
S8
Luis Verdusco
9:55:00 AM
4:21:52 PM
06:26:52
S4
Jesus Martinez
9:53:00 AM
4:36:55 PM
06:43:55
S74
Javier Silva
9:56:30 AM
5:00:20 PM
07:03:50
S9
Manuel Trujillo (penalizado 10 mins)
9:55:30 AM
7:02:21 PM
09:06:51
S2
Efren Moctezuma Presichi
9:52:00 AM

DNF
S10
Cecilio Andres Angulo Ruiz
9:56:00 AM

DNF
S7
Jose Manuel Ruiz
9:54:30 AM

DNF
S5
Eduardo Muñoz C.
9:53:30 AM

DNF
S98
Daniel Orozco
9:57:00 AM

DNFMotos Pro
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
4X
Carlos Casas
6:51:00 AM
10:40:27 AM
03:49:27
450X
Ivan Ramirez
6:52:30 AM
10:50:56 AM
03:58:26
6X
Noe Ibarra
6:51:30 AM
10:53:48 AM
04:02:18
8X
Ernesto Inowe
6:52:00 AM
11:07:48 AM
04:15:48
3X
Jorge Hernandez
6:50:30 AM
11:06:37 AM
04:16:07
10X
Edy Garcia
6:50:00 AM
11:11:08 AM
04:21:08
99X
Chris Parker
6:53:00 AM

DNFMotos Spt
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
111X
Mariano Escobar
6:55:30 AM
11:08:29 AM
04:12:59
129X
Jesus Heredia
6:55:00 AM
11:08:00 AM
04:13:00
122X
Alejandro Padilla
6:56:30 AM
11:10:29 AM
04:13:59
128X
Cornelio Garcia
6:57:00 AM
11:13:55 AM
04:16:55
102X
Chris Villalobos
6:54:30 AM
11:14:26 AM
04:19:56
100X
Jorge Perez Correa
6:57:00 AM
11:21:09 AM
04:24:09
103X
Mario Acosta
6:54:30 AM
11:23:03 AM
04:28:33
120X
Alberto Ruiz
6:56:30 AM
11:35:09 AM
04:38:39
108X
Vityko Lopez
6:55:00 AM
11:34:51 AM
04:39:51
135X
Jorge Luis Carbajal
6:58:30 AM
11:44:01 AM
04:45:31
131X
Ricardo Ramirez
6:57:30 AM
11:45:50 AM
04:48:20
114X
David Cordero
6:56:00 AM
11:49:05 AM
04:53:05
113X
Emilio Diaz
6:55:30 AM
11:48:52 AM
04:53:22
132X
Marco Tripp
6:57:30 AM
12:04:54 PM
05:07:24
136X
Juan Arturo Muñoz
6:58:30 AM
12:22:45 PM
05:24:15
133X
Kathkya Agalsoff
6:58:00 AM
12:48:16 PM
05:50:16
134X
Luis Jorge Santos
6:58:00 AM
1:44:22 PM
06:46:22
116X
Gustavo Chong
6:56:00 AM

DNFMotos Safari
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
1S
Ricardo Silva Gonzalez
6:59:30 AM
11:35:17 AM
04:35:47
15S
Alejandro Alcantara Ortiz
7:01:30 AM
11:38:50 AM
04:37:20
3S
Odin Moncada
6:59:30 AM
11:39:14 AM
04:39:44
5S
Manuel Perez
7:00:00 AM
11:39:46 AM
04:39:46
14S
Gabriel Sandez
7:01:30 AM
11:45:44 AM
04:44:14
13S
Fernando Munguia Jr.
7:01:00 AM
11:48:16 AM
04:47:16
18S
Oscar Legaspy Ibarra
7:02:30 AM
11:51:01 AM
04:48:31
12S
Morocco Aranda Mendoza
7:01:00 AM
11:50:55 AM
04:49:55
6S
Juan Fco. Castro Silva
7:00:30 AM
11:53:10 AM
04:52:40
9S
Manuel Rochin Jr
7:00:30 AM
11:57:12 AM
04:56:42
16S
Javier Lopez
7:02:00 AM
12:04:10 PM
05:02:10
4S
Miguel Guerra
7:00:00 AM
12:10:08 PM
05:10:08
17S
Jose Arturo Gerardo Davila
7:02:00 AM
12:59:31 PM
05:57:31
10S
Francisco Valdez
7:00:30 AM

DNFATV Pro
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
11A
Javier Robles Jr
7:04:00 AM
11:20:49 AM
04:16:49
14A
Carlos Arce Ramonetti
7:04:30 AM
11:28:40 AM
04:24:10
5A
Marco Moreno
7:03:00 AM
11:28:54 AM
04:25:54
12A
Gonzalo Curiel Leyva
7:04:00 AM
11:48:48 AM
04:44:48
8A
Romulo Gomez
7:03:30 AM
12:30:18 PM
05:26:48
9A
Raul Cano
7:03:30 AM
12:41:55 PM
05:38:25
6A
Travis Dillon
7:03:00 AM

DNFATV Spt
Numero
Nombre
Salida
Meta
TiempoFinal
Q25
Javier Beltran
7:08:00 AM
11:44:17 AM
04:36:17
Q14
Francisco Servin
7:06:30 AM
11:45:15 AM
04:38:45
Q26
Luis Salgado
7:08:30 AM
11:47:44 AM
04:39:14
Q18
Benjamin Lopez
7:07:00 AM
11:48:17 AM
04:41:17
Q32
Alfonso Alonzo Diaz
7:09:30 AM
11:51:20 AM
04:41:50
Q19
Alejandro Gomez
7:07:00 AM
11:53:16 AM
04:46:16
Q10
David Alejandro Nuñez Ortega
7:06:00 AM
11:53:12 AM
04:47:12
Q36
Miguel Verduzco
7:10:00 AM
11:57:13 AM
04:47:13
Q31
Heriberto Marquez Perez
7:09:30 AM
12:07:18 PM
04:57:48
Q29
Alonso Ruiz
7:09:00 AM
12:07:35 PM
04:58:35
Q5
Jorge Fco. Valenzuela Cochran
7:05:00 AM
12:08:21 PM
05:03:21
Q6
Edgar Vindiola Gonzalez
7:05:30 AM
12:09:08 PM
05:03:38
Q7
Germain Rodriguez
7:05:30 AM
12:11:05 PM
05:05:35
Q30
Alan Efrain Rodelo Marquez
7:09:00 AM
12:29:32 PM
05:20:32
Q27
Julio Cesar de Peña Rodriguez
7:08:30 AM
12:46:20 PM
05:37:50
Q35
Marcos Vargas
7:10:00 AM
1:02:05 PM
05:52:05
Q24
Jesus Manuel Rubio Rojas
7:08:00 AM
1:07:33 PM
05:59:33
Q20
Moises Gerado Saiza
7:07:30 AM
1:23:32 PM
06:16:02
Q13
Armando Lencioni
7:06:00 AM
3:25:33 PM
08:19:33
Q1
Alejandro Blengio Ceseña
7:05:00 AM

DNF
Q21
Raul O. Gonzalez
7:07:30 AM

DNF
ENTRY LIST
Class 1
Sergio Nuñez
Francisco Pareja

Class 10
Javier Robles Zavala
Jesus Gonzalez Agundez
Sergio Salgado
Rick Sanchez

Class 12
Victor Angel Valdes Chavez
Jose Lopez
Javier Robles Jr
Richard Garavito
Tony Robles
Scott Zimmerman

Class 16
Juan Sanchotena
Francisco Bio
Mario III Ruanova
Manuel Cruz
Ramiro Escobedo
Arnoldo Gutierrez
Hector Navarro
Juan Naranjo
Paco Robles
Cheto Muñoz Horta
Rafael Felix
Alex Navarrete

Class 8
Juan Manuel Castañeda
Salvador Toledo

Class 7
Hector Salazar
Alex Almaraz
Jaime Medina
Blas Corona
Greg Garber
Everardo Fierro
Alejandro Cervantes
Elias Canchola Jr
Fernando Avila

Class 7 Stock
Jose Abelardo Grijalva
Jorge Valdiviezo
Carlos Ortega Tapia
Carlos Arce Jr.
Francisco Huereca
Jesus Perez
Joel Garcia Sandez
Oscar Solaiza Estrada
Daniel Uriarte
Jonathan Betancourt V.
Andrew Becerra
Noe Sierra
Alejandro Aguilar
Rudy Suarez C.
Fernando Munguia
Gerardo Novelo
Oscar Galindo Ruiz
Roberto Mercado Galindo
Elias Hanna Novelo
Alejandro Murillo
Ivan Ptacnik
Oscar Licon
Gabriel Gonzalez Cisneros
Eduardo Gonzalez
Arturo Hernandez
Ricardo Vindiola Gonzalez
Eduardo Rodriguez
Aldo Romo

Class 5 Open
David Andrade
Gerardo Rodrigo Arce Amador
David Rosas

Class 5-1600
Raul Lopez
Jorge Montalvo Jr
Carlos Rascon
Guillermo Colina
Marco Antonio Marquez
Rogelio Valenzuela
Fernando Montijo
Manuel Barreras Zavala
Martin Lizarraga
Jorge Bautista

Class 15
Hugo Tiznado
Juan Rios
Jesus Jimenez Muñiz
Ruben de la Fuente
Jesus Antonio Mercado Gonzalez
Octavio Zamora Lopez
Ivan Garcia
Dario Villanueva
Angel Rojas Trejo
Jozef Aguayo Cannon
Gerardo Diaz
Javier Guillins
Marco Garcia
Ricardo Rabago
Fritz Ochs
Sergio Silva
Hector Maymes
Rafael Cuevas
Guillermo Medina Ruiz
Rogelio Valenzuela Coronado

Class 14
Victor Gonzalez Castro
Fausto Moreno
Ramon Aguilar Rangel
Raul Rodriguez
Guillermo Galvan
Alejandro Medina Camacho
Cristobal Mercado
Cesar Gonzalez Hernandez
Ramon Moreno Jimenez
Juan Avila
Roy Valdez
Rodrigo Ferla
Sergio Nicho Torres
Hector Pimentel

Class 9
Elias Romero
Francisco Alcaraz
Sergio Frias Reynoso
Leonardo Guzman
Jose Loaiza

Class 11
Ricardo Lopez Chavez
Neri Sanchez
Cristobal Gonzalez
Guillermo Ruiz
Martin Rodriguez Moreno
Carlos Daniel Villa Nuñez
Jose Ayala
Jorge Carlos Sierra
Eliat Cabrales Delgado
Roberto Escobedo Avalos
Juan Manuel Jimenez Gamez
Porfirio Gutierrez
Ernesto Gonzalez
Federico Ramirez
Hector Flores Hernandez
Raul Ojeda
Gabriel Alejandro Padilla Morales
Adalberto Muñoz Jr
Alex Rivas
Jesus Peinado Hernandez
Rene Rodriguez
Luis Rodriguez
Miguel Mexia
Jesus Ramos Avendaño
Jesus A. Ortiz
Felipe Ortega
Ivan Lucero
Christopher Bañuelos
Gilberto Arreola
Marcelo Matus
Leonel Flores
Felix Garcia
Ricardo Matus
Alberto Ramos Ceceña
Pancho Bio

Class Safari
Francisco Diaz Jr
Eduardo Muñoz C.
Victor M. Celis Gallegos
Francisco Macias Robles
Jesus Martinez
Francisco Robles
Manuel Trujillo
Luis Verdusco

Motos Pro
Noe Ibarra
Edy Garcia
Ernesto Inowe
Adrian H. Valle
David Pearson
Luke Dodson
Zach Dodson
Carlos Casas
Chris Parker

Motos Sportman
Jorge Perez Correa
Alejandro Padilla
Cornelio Garcia
Joel Gonzalez
Francisco Javier Landeros Anguiano
Christian Delgado
Reuben Figueroa
Alberto Ruiz
Omar Ruiz Salinas
Fernando Munguia Jr
Felipe Jaramillo
Alfrefo Ascolani
Adan Carrillo
Francisco Aldrete
Enrique Legaspy
Mariano Escobar
Humberto Rivera Gregory
Rodolfo Montaño Jr.
Gustavo Chong
Chris Villalobos
Alfonso Zuñiga Parada
Erick Durazo
Jesus Jaime Gonzalez
Emilio Diaz
Javier Maclish Gallegos
Vityko Lopez
Mario Acosta

Motos Safari
Carlos Mix
Javier Lopez
Gabriel Sandez
Juan Fco. Castro Silva
Odin Moncada
Manuel Perez
Francisco Valdez
Morocco Aranda Mendoza
Diego Munguia
Salvador Castro
Manuel Rochin Jr
Jesus Gonzalez Jr.
Miguel Guerra

ATV Pro
Javier Robles Jr
Christian Valles
Heriberto Marquez Perez
Felipe Lipy Velez
Gonzalo Curiel Leyva
Raul Cano
Travis Dillon
Carlos Arce Ramonetti
Oscar Arce
Gary Gonzalez
Oscar Esparza
Mike Bastidas
Roberto Ulloa
Juan Jose Lagunas
Delbert Luarca
Alejandro Gomez

ATV Spt
Benjamin Lopez
Julio Cesar de Peña Rodriguez
Edgar Vindiola Gonzalez
Enrique Felix
David Alejandro Nuñez Ortega
Francisco Servin
Javier Beltran
Jorge Fco. Valenzuela Cochran
Israel Chong
Raul O. Gonzalez
Moises Gerado Saiza
Alfonso Alonzo Diaz
Alonso Ruiz
Alejandro Blengio Ceseña
Jose Juarez
Jorge Acosta
Jose Arturo Gerrido Avila
Adalberto Arenas
Jorge Suarez Ramirez
Rafael Navarro Aguilar
Romulo Gomez
Juan Jose Sanchez Arce
Miguel Arellano
Armando Lencioni
Christian Torres
Alejandro Ramirez
Germain Rodriguez
Rodrigo Esparza
Good Luck Racers!
Baja Racing News.com

NISSAN out of North America Motorsports 2008

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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Miss CABO 500 & CABO 500 Photo Winner & Ruffo Team Report


Miss CABO 500

Ruffo Team 2007 Wrap Report

2007 Pro Baja Desert Series Sub-Champions Ruffo Racing wins the 2007 Championship title in Pro-Baja’s Unlimited division. With only 8 points separating 1st and 2nd place, Ruffo Racing closed the season with a great 2nd place in class.
After great battles with more than 15 Unlimited Class teams throughout the season, state of the art race cars and a combination of desert and short course races, Team Ruffo is redefining off road racing in Baja California Sur. According to driver Andres Ruffo, “This was a great year, the battle to be in first was very hard, and we finished the season bringing home the championship in Class One.
We worked great together as a team to make constant podium finishes”. For the last event of 2007, Jorge Ruffo, team leader stated, “We purchased a newer car for the season finale. This is a ‘Porter’ Class One, it has more technology, it is faster, lighter, and will allow us to be more competitive than ever. We want to win the Class One championship again in 2008. Having secured 2nd in class prior to this years season ending race, it was a great chance to test our new car in race conditions, without concern, prior to the 2008 season. Racing in BCS is very competitive and we take it very serious, and our plan for 2008 is to make it tough for others to beat us! This season was great for the team and for our sponsors’; we finished every race in contention for the season’s championship. This was a great battle!”.
Ruffo racing proved the Toyo 35x12.50R17 Open Country M/T Tires in the open desert and short course were the tires to beat. Not a single flat tire all season. “They were incredible, my job was easy!”. NAPA Auto Parts gave us the ‘Right Stuff’ for our race car as well…suspension components, oil filters, engine parts and accessories.
What a great season it was!” For the 2007 season, car owners Andres and Jorge Ruffo, “This was another great year of racing in Baja California Sur. The team proved once again that experience is essential, and having been racing in BCS for 20+ years, team Ruffo is still the one to beat! We look forward to seeing Team Ruffo on top again in 2008!”

CABO 500 Photo Award Winner

CABO 500 Congratulates Francisco Monroy!

The Trophy Truck of Francisco Monroy has crossed the Finish Line here in Cabo San Lucas! Team Monroy takes the Desert Classic from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas, the CABO 500 2007!

Race Results:

Trophy Truck:
Francisco Monroy

Class 1: Jeffries Racing

Class 8: Amaya Racing

Class 12 SL: Sergio Ojeda

Class 7: Andres Battaglia

Class 5 Libre: Pedro Velasquez

Class 16: Juan Cota

Class 5-1600: José Juan Islas Rguez.

Class 8S: Samir Rivera M.

Class 9: Jaime Saiza Leggs

Class 11: Leon Michel

Class 14: Renato Avilés León

Quads:
1. Víctor Castro
2. Héctor Zepeda
3. Sergio Pérez

Clase 21:
1. Ramón Dávila
2. Christian Meza
3. Hermanos Cruz

Clase 22:
1. David Zárate (Overall)
2. Avelino Montoya
3. Sergio Arroyo

Baja Racing News.com

CABO 500 LIVE RACEDAY


1:20 PM RACE REPORT
UPDATED CURRENT RESULTS!


Approaching Los Pozos:
Class 1 Jeffries Racing(Overall), Second: Jay Manning (with Suspension problems).
Trophy Truck Nacho Monroy.
Class 10 Luis Camarena.
Class 8 Rody Amaya, Second Andrea Tomba.
Class 7 Andres Bataglia.
Class 5 EL ARCO Taller Team.
Class 16 Aramburo Team
Moto Leaders: David Zarate, Abelino, Arroyo.

1 PM
Currently in First Place Trophy Truck Abaroa, very close Second place Trophy Truck Avendaño, Third Place Trohp Truck Martin Ibarra, next Trophy Truck Monroy. At Todos Santos, Ibarra is still leading, with Monroy & Abaroa next. Closely followed by Trophy Truck Avendaño.

In Class 1, Jeffries Racing is in the lead at Todos Santos.

Video of Trophy Truck Avendano at Meliton Albinez




















Start Line Report 7 AM
in The Capital of Off Road La Paz
6:57 AM
Good Morning Baja from La Paz! The motorcycles are about to leave the start line at 7 AM. Its a calm, clear and cool morning in La Paz. Air 67 degrees F, clear skies this morning are expected to turn cloudy tonight. The race is scheduled well, with rain forecast for Monday in Cabo and La Paz.
The talk among the racers at contingency yesterday were the sign-up fees. "THE AMOUNT OF INSCRIPTION IN SHORT IN THIS YEAR HAS BEEN ALWAYS OF $2.500,00, IN THE $2.000,00 AEA HAS BEEN OF MAS THE MINIMUM OF SECURITY OF $500,00 WHAT IT GIVES THE SAME AMOUNT OF INSCRIPTIONS. IN THIS YEAR, ORGANIZERS APPLIED DISCOUNTS BY THE ORDER OF THE 440 INSCRIPTIONS FOR A TOTAL OF $110,00.00. IN THIS RACE The SCHEME OF INSCRIPTION SERIES According to The Association SO And AS THIS IN The CALL. The SUBJECT WAS IN THE TABLE, WAS SEVERAL MAS AS IT IS IT THE NUMERATION, PATROCINADOR PPAL, THE QUOTA OF SECURITY, ETC. However, NOT TO CONFUSE, FOR THIS RACE IS A SINGLE INSCRIPTION And IS A SINGLE BEER SPONSOR. The AMOUNT OF INSCRIPTION IS OF $2.000,00 And I BELIEVE THAT TO CONTRIBUTE $500,00 TO SUPPORT YOUR OWN SECURITY NOT TO SEEM To US MUCH." Quote from several of the Baja South teams.

The Motos are now off the line, the first checkpoint is Los Inocentes on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. See the Official Map at http://www.cabo500.com/ 4-wheel entries will leave the line in an hour.

CABO 500 2007 CHECK POINTS:
No./ Place/ Closing Hour

1 /Los Inocentes /13:00 HRS
2 /Todos Santos /14:00 HRS.
3 /El Aguaje/15:00 HRS.
4 /Santa Rosa /17:00 HRS.
The 2007 CABO 500 has a 10 hour time limit.



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Finish Line from Cabo San Lucas 7 PM

Saturday, December 08, 2007

CABO 500 LIVE La Paz Contingency
























































CABO 500 LIVE COVERAGE




LIVE FROM LA PAZ

Rumors are flying around La Paz today that say, one of the local promoters may pull the rug on the racers and require them to finish one more race in the series. Welcome to Baja Sur Racing!
One of the Jeffries Team members told Baja Racing News.com, "that's why we race with Pro Baja Group, we were tired of the bad promoters".
Norman Cesena, has been quoted in these rumors, as wanting one more race to bring the Association racers into one more race, on December 15 to a track race in San Jose del Cabo, that would force the U-Pro or Association racers into an additional series race, to goin their rightful winnings for the year. Of course, the racers arer steaming over these rumors.
Early this morning, the rumor was denied by his website mouthpiece, but the racers are worried. Many have been seriously manipulated for years by promoter Cesena.



Ruffo Racing Ready To Win





For more than 14 years, Ruffo Racing has been winning at motorsports in southern Baja. Andres Ruffo is a proven desert racer with many wins under his belt and his finely tuned racing team is ready to win on Sunday.

With a new Porter desert racers Class 1, Ruffo Team can take Sundays race, we will follow their progress closely. See more about the Baja Champion Ruffo Team at http://www.rufforacing.com/

Gary Newsome

Baja Racing News.com

CABO 500 LIVE COVERAGE

LIVE FROM LA PAZ

The off-road parties have begun throughout town. The last, State Championship race, known locally this year as the Baja Sur 300, the CABO 500 2007 has changed dates and race routes enough to confuse even the best Baja South offroad fans. Today, contingency on the La Paz Bay and the race runs from La Paz to Cabo on Sunday, just like last years race, Finish Line on the beach in Cabo!

Baja Racing News.com

CABO 500 LIVE COVERAGE


LIVE REPORT FROM LA PAZ

Teams rapidly prepare for contingency today. Pictured here are Cervantes Motorsports of La Paz, one of the best Mexican Trophy Trucks and a competitior for the State Championship, racing Sunday.

Baja Racing News.com

CABO 500 LIVE COVERAGE

CABO 500 LIVE RACE COVERAGE
THIS WEEKEND FROM CABO MEXICO

More Race Details at CABO 500.com

LIVE COVERAGE BEGINS SATURDAY DECEMBER 8, 7 AM Pacific Time Pre-Race Interviews, Predictions and LIVE Race Coverage all weekend!

7 AM Report
Good Morning Baja from La Paz!
Today is contingency in La Paz, all the racing teams are due today and Baja Racing News.com will have interviews and insight into this years CABO 500.

Contingency will be carried out in the on the Malecon on La Paz Bay, where regularly this previous celebration, the CABO 500 last years, was carried out for the sport of off road, between the streets of Allende and Márquez of Leon, a very important signalling for the racers, since they will not be allowed to leave the outriggers in the area of the Malecon, inclusively, the transit agents will have the order of not letting to the racers park the race cars, for which they are asked for to them take his precautions... The Judge of race will be Professor Cabrera. The closing of inscriptions will be precise to the 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time, and any racer who registers after that hour, will have to go away at the end of the list of enrolled until the closing, and so on. Like endorsement in the security of the race, organizers will be flying over the course in one of the small planes of Aerocalafia, to be able to quickly report easy and any incident that could be reported in the course of the race. The technical-mechanical inspectors will be Navarrese Carlos and Enrique Perez.


All the racers who are looking to win today in the State Championship, and who have numbers which they duplicate themselves with those of the racers of Championship two organizations, will receive in the table of inscriptions a transfer, which they will have to put next to the number of his vehicle. The racers meeting will be finishing the official closing of inscriptions, which will be to 9 pm at night, because that is the hour of the racers meeting. Which is required. This will be a great race that without a doubt will have an excellent competition! Welcome to the LIVE! coverage on Baja Racing News.com, here is the CABO 500 Race Webcast Schedule:

Today, Saturday: La Paz
7 AM First Report on Contingency
1 PM Second Report on Contingency
7 PM Intervews with CABO 500 racers
9 PM Wrap from Malecon Seafood Restaurant

Raceday, Sunday: CABO 500 Second Annual
7 AM First Raceday Report Start Line in La Paz
1 PM Second Race Report from Todos Santos-Hotel California
7 PM Interviews with race teams from Cabo San Lucas on the beach
9 PM Wrap from Cabo San Lucas Finish Line
Baja Racing News.com

Friday, December 07, 2007

Baja 1000 Wrap Report


The Baja 1000 celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2007.

Only a few motorsport events besides Formula 1 enjoy as much media coverage as the longest non-stop desert race of the world. Desert Series as the governing body and organiser estimated that a good 300,000 fans lined up along the 1,300 mile track to watch the action with more than 400 starters in 34 classes for automobiles, trucks, motorbike, ATVs - more or less everything that has wheels. For the 33rd time the city of Ensenada south of the border between the U.S. and Mexico was the starting point. And the competitors had to reach Cabo San Lucas at the very southern end of the Baja California, where the finish was located for the second time in history.

Once again, the Baja had everything that drivers, teams and fans dread and love at the same time: There was rain in the beginning, mud holes. In the night there was fog, and with almost no viz everybody had to stagger around guessing what was waiting behind that white wall - very risky.

US veterans Mark Post/Rob MacCachren/Carl Renezeder saw the chequered flag first after 25 hours, 21 minutes and 25 seconds. With their Trophy Truck they had achieved the incredible record average of 51.13 mph! What a great achievement! Post was crowned the 2007 SCORE champion with his third win out of six races this year. Many other met a very different fate: Of the 424 starters only 30 had arrived at Cabo San Lucas after 30 hours! Maximum allowed time was 53 hours, maybe just to make sure no one got seriously lost in the desert ...

Second came father and son Vildosola, who had been in a very close race with the eventual winners at the 1,200 mile mark but then lost time with two flat tyres. Third amongst the Trophy trucks was racing legend Robby Gordon. Rob by had a story to tell: His crew somehow calculated his driving time to the next pit stop a little too optimistically and sent him off into dusk without his big headlamps. So Robby had to find his way for quite some time with just a torch! And I can tell you, that's a challenge with 800 hp to handle!

Baja legend and multiple motorbike winner, Larry Roeseler won Class 1 for a record fourth time in succession and finished third overall co-driven by Troy Herbst.

But the fastest of all sat on a motorbike; Robby Bell, Johnny Campbell, Steve Hengeveld and Kendall Norman reached the finishes after 24:15.50 hours and averaged 53.43 mph - a new record. With this performance the quartet picked up a theme from the earliest history of the Baja 1000:

Back in 1962 the first crazy guys took up the challenge of the peninsula. Dave Ekin took his 250 cc Honda from Tijuana down to La Paz in 39 hours and 54 minutes. His buddy Bill Robertson, jnr took just an hour longer, they covered some 953 miles , averaging around 24mph. In order to prove their record they had a time sheet stamped at the Tijuana post office, and the saying is that they were in a real hurry to find the post office down in La Paz. It was in April 1967 when Bruce Meyers fired up his buggy called "Old Red" to break Ekin's record by five hours.

But the real big stuff started on 31 October, 1967. Ed Pearlman, the founder of the National Off Road Racing Association NORRA had the fantastic idea to send 68 madmen with the stripped down VW bugs and motor bikes on an 849 mile trip from Tijuana to La Paz. Vic Wilson and Ted Mangels took 27 hours and 38 minutes in their Meyers Manx Buggy, averaging around 31mph. This entire event was called the "Mexican 1000". In 1968 the race started in Ensenada, where since then by far the most starts took place.

Soon the Baja wrote its heroic stories. Parnelli Jones and Walker Evens made the first real big headlines in 1972 during the pre run ning, when a downpour almost washed them into the sea.

1972 was the last Baja organised by NORRA, for ‘73 an organisation dubbed BSC took the rudder briefly, ‘74 was cancelled because of the world wide "oil crisis". From 1975 SCORE International, founded by Mickey Thompson and soon directed by Sal Fish was the organising body to run the SCORE Baja, which was a giant loop with start and finish in Ensenada. Since 1979 the Baja is a point-to-point race.

Dust, racing fuel, serious horse power, fascinating machines and the big challenge of the desert attracted famous racers and lots of celebrities. Clark Gable and Steve McQueen tried their fortune. Mark Thatcher, the son of Britain's iron lady Maggy came. Rick and Roger Mears, Danny Ongais, Robby Gordon, Roberto Guerrero, Brendan Gaughan, or rally aces like Erik Carlsson and Shekhar Mehta are only a few of the names that grace the entry lists year after year.

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CACTUS VIDEOS BAJA 1000 RELEASED

Sean Hoernke Finishes the 2007 Baja 1000

At this years Baja 1000 Sean finished 6th in his class

PRE-RACE PHOTOS

TECH INSPECTION PHOTOS

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FINISH PHOTOS


If you asked 10 people to describe the Baja 1000 in one word I think you would get 10 different answers. Words like Challenging, Scary, Crazy, Fast, Dusty, Exciting, Beautiful I’ve heard used to describe the race. I think the one word for me is Unbelievable. It really kind of is when you look at it. All the logistics, technology, and determination that is put into this race by each and every team is simply unbelievable to someone who has never witnessed it in person.
Racing the Baja 1000 has been around our family since I was eight years old. My father raced the Baja multiple times in the 1980’s & 1990’s so it was only natural that it was in my blood also. Last year when I read that this year’s 1000 was going to be the second longest race in the history of the event I had to do it.

Our team consisted of five great guys. Morgan Spradling from Gunnison, Colorado, Jeff Davis from Gunnison, Colorado, Kane Cook from Hesperia, California, Frank Prince from Chicago, Illinois, and myself. These guys rode their hearts out and did everything so well on and off the bike during and before the race to make this thing a success. Morgan owns Highland Cycles in Montrose, Colorado. He was in charge of building the bike and he did an awesome job of building a rocket ship. The bike was a dream during the race.

We arrived in Ensenada on November 2 to pre- run portions of my section of the course. My responsibility was the Start to mile 205 near the Santo Domingo wash. My second section would be mile 368 to 487. That would be a night section through Coco’s Corner into Bay of LA. Pre-run went well and I was really looking forward to the race. The day before the race is tech inspection where you roll your bike through and they give it the once over and stamp the frame and motor to ensure that those are the pieces that make it over the finish line several days later. Then they look at the bike guys and snicker and say good luck? Tech is crazy with people everywhere coming to see all the bikes, trucks, and buggies. It is a madhouse.

Race day comes and it’s up early like a bass tournament day. The first bike rolls off the line at 6:30 am so you have to get up early. It’s kind of crazy because the city is like a ghost town the morning of the race until you get to the starting line then you realize where everybody in town went. There were people everywhere. We were 13th off the line in the Open Sportsman class so at 7:13:30 am our race had begun. The race starts in downtown Ensenada and winds through the streets into the famous Ensenada Wash that leads you out of town. There were people everywhere. Yelling, screaming, running across the track in front you. It is crazy. For the first hour you are so concerned about the people on the side of the course and what they are doing you really don’t focus on what is in front of you. After a little while you finally just blur it out and focus on what is coming and just hope no one does anything crazy. The best way I can describe it is it looks like one of those crazy mountain stages in the Tour De France where Lance Armstrong is going up the mountain and it just looks totally crazy with beveraged up people that have been sitting on a mountainside for 3 days waiting for the race to show up.

I finally settle down and start riding my pace and picking some guys off one by one. At around the 30 mile marker I was second physically in our class and ended up having a shifter problem. I rode about 20 miles in first gear till I made it to the next pit where we were able to get it fixed and back to racing. We dropped several positions during the shifter ordeal so I had a ways to make up, we lost about 15 minutes time. Everything went well after that with no major problems or crashes. Luckily it had rained the night before and the dust was not bad so it made passing a lot quicker and easier since you could see. I made it into the first rider exchange at Santo Domingo at about 11:45 am. When I turned the bike over we were in second place about 3 minutes down on first. So we were happy to be in good position after the first part of the race.
Jeff Davis took over the next section, he did a great job of getting the bike down the line. He took a bad spill when he came around the corner and the road had washed out from the previous day’s rain and he took a bad trip over the bars. The bad news was when it became dark our main beam light did not come on so he had to ride a good ways with minimal light and that is no fun. He turned the bike back over to me in 7th place. We worked on the light for a little while in the pit but our planning mistake was not expecting a light issue that early in the race so our closest spare was at the end of my section at the next rider exchange. So I rode the 120 mile section with the broken light also. It was a slow go but I would ride along someone else’s light as long as I could then fade back and catch another ride with someone else. I finally made it through that section and turned the bike over in 5th place so we made up some ground on a few guys but we lost a good chunk of time on the leaders in our class.

We did a complete light exchange and rewiring at the pit. We had a set of spare Fuego HID’s that we put on for the remainder of the race. We should have had another set of spares at the previous pit but we never expected a light issue right at dark so we didn’t plan for it and that was our fault and it cost us. We should have known better. Morgan took over at the Bay of LA highway crossing and he was a mad man on a tear. He made up some good time during his section to La Purisma and turned over the bike at around 3a.m. in 2nd place.

Kane jumped on the bike and things were looking good at around 7 am the next morning. We were an hour plus down from first and about 45 minutes ahead of third. So things were looking good for second. With about 160 miles left in the race his riding jacket fell out of his backpack and wrapped up in the rear sprocket that eventually ended up turning him into superman and flying over a fence and into the cactus. He had a pit guy put the jacket in the backpack for him and I guess it didn’t get zipped all the way up before he took off from the pit. After a long ordeal of cutting the jacket out of the rear wheel he was back on his way. The bike took a good lick and it ended up damaging the radiator and throttle assembly. We lost about an hour and a half in the pits replacing throttle cables and repairing the radiator. He had to ride the bike with a pair of needle nose pliers attached to the throttle cable to give it gas. I’m sure that wasn’t fun in the sand.

Frank took over the bike with 150 miles to go in sixth place. He had a great ride and kept it on two wheels till the finish. After 1300 miles and 33 hours 57 minutes and 39 seconds of racing a little after dark Frank pulled into the finish line 6th in class and it was all over. Since I was 8 years old I dreamed of one day competing in the Baja 1000 and making it to the finish, we did it! It really was one of those days that I never will forget.

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Mark Growe takes series sportmans truck class


Mark Growe and team put together a consistent race program for 2007 and were rewarded with winning the overall championship in desert series sportsman truck class. Mark is no stranger to the class as he won the championship in both 2004 and 2005. He was also the MDR 1450 Champion in 2001.

Coming off his win at Primm, Nevada, Mark knew he had to do well at the Baja 1000 to keep his points lead. He was able to accomplish that and ended the year with over 120 points between him and the 2nd place team. It just goes to show what focus and determination will get you in a competitive class.The Airborne Ford Ranger uses off the shelf Race Series 4.5 custom i-beams, heim joint radius arms and rear 3-link kit. Time and time again these products are race proven and championship winning with Mark behind the wheel.

It’s always great to see such a well respected racer finish off the year on a high note.

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Dodge-Mopar KORE Baja 1000 Report

DODGE-MOPAR represented by KORE in Baja 1000 Report

KORE's focus of effort was the newest truck in the stable ; the Stock Full Class vehicle powered by a 5.7 liter Hemi motor. Its first race garnered a 2nd place finish in the 2007 Baja 500. Then electronic engine management issues ultimately caused a full engine seizure at her next race, BITD's Vegas to Reno. Between Vegas to Reno and the Baja 1000, brush fires ravaged San DiegoCounty, home of the KORE race shop and all personnel. Mandatory evacuations forced the shop to close for almost two weeks, throwing the race program off schedule at a critical time."Despite the time constraints, we replaced the original motor with an XVMotorsports built 5.7 Hemi that uses all-forged internals, a trick XV aluminum manifold and Holley carburetor, so fuel injection couldn't mess us up again," said Kent Kroeker, owner of KORE. 'Now we've got a bulletproof power plant that does what we tell it? With only four days of testing, KORE was confident they had a winningcombination under the hood. The team relocated to Baja. All was in place for a solid race. Then while prerunning near Santo Domingo in the famous KORE Beast, Kroeker hit a rock that snapped every steering component in the blink of an eye. This sent the uncontrollable truck containing Kroeker, KORE Engineer Keg Parker and Toyo Tire rep Jeff Bootz up an embankment and into a full barrel roll with The Beast landing on its roof.Nobody was injured in the rollover, but the extraction process was arduous and time consuming, bringing an exhausted crew back to Ensenada just a day before the race."

It was unbelievable what we did to get that truck out. It was destined for Dakar next year, so we had spare parts, tools, a winch and air compressor on board. With the help of some Mexican locals, we used every trick in the book to right the truck, turn it around and get it safely to town. The steering knuckle was snapped in half. We used about 30 hose clamps to hold the lower ball joint in place then we drove it out! It was amazing," said Toyo's Jeff Bootz.Recent rain made for perfect conditions on race day. Team Desert Assault wasplaced strategically down the peninsula. With Kroeker in the right seat, legendary off roader Malcolm Smith drove a flawless 200 mile start to KORE Pit One at Santo Domingo.Arriving in good position, he handed a perfect truck to Rodolfo Iribe and Keg Parker. Rodolfo "Rudy" Iribe proceeded to pass everyone in the class, bringing the KORE Hemi to San Ignacio in the lead 13 hours later.Now, with the most technical sections behind them and room to let the truckbreathe, John Zambie and "Happy" Jack Ruddy quickly put 30 miles on the Stock Full arch rivals and eventual class winners, GM's Team Hummer.Then, in the lead at race mile 870, disaster struck.

The transmission that hadbeen working perfectly during the entire race showed a rapid and irreversible temperature spike from 140 degrees to 250 degrees and gave up the ghost immediately. Since the spare transmission was not readily available at KORE's Loreto North pit, the team pulled a transmission from one of the chase vehicles and installed it in the race truck.Several hours later with the tranny swap complete, Darren Skilton and GlenPlake were back on the gas, racing south still looking at a podium finish. But within ten miles the replacement transmission failed. For the next six hours the team worked frantically to find the cause of the problem, eventually coming to the conclusion that the interface between the computer and fully-electronic transmission had failed, causing both transmissions to commit suicide. At 5 AM, after 15 hours of work, all resources exhausted, dead in the water and unable to make the next check closure, Kroeker called the race. Near Loreto, the Canadian team of HRT replaced a blown turbo, a recurringcurse that thwarted their 2006 Baja 1000 effort. Previously running strong in Second Place with few problems besides a quick lower control arm replacement at El Crucero, Kevin Ostlund, owner of HRT was anticipating a strong finish.

Then out of nowhere the truck's turbo imploded. Troubleshooting revealed that the co-driver had lost track of a loose rag that inadvertently clogged the in-cab air filter. Fortunately the Canadians had prepared for the worst and had a spare turbo charger on board. After only a couple of hours of down time, they were back on the trail at 100% power, bringing the truck across the finish line for Fourth Place in Stock Full.Team Tennessee remained undaunted after rolling one of their trucks duringprerunning. Detailed preparation and solid logistics placed their two trucks in good position as they thundered down the peninsula. RPM's first truck piloted by Clyde Stacey charged southward at a steady pace finally getting across the finish line for Fifth Place in Stock Full. Fuel troubles early on slowed the pace of RPM Off Road's Justin Matney, but the team continued, running the entire race with only 2 psi. of fuel pressure! RPM's second truck eventually rolled across the finish line, but not before the clock ran out.Three hundred miles south of Loreto, the KORE/Greer Class 8 truck was stuck indeep silt. Precise driving by Thom Greer had brought the 740 horsepower Mopar monster to Chapalla in a solid second place. Fresh tires and a new alternator were all the truck needed.

Glen Greer then proceeded to close the gap until only an hour separated him from the lead position. Now just hours from the finish, mired axle deep in silt, all seemed to be lost. Nearby chase personnel soon came to the rescue and the 540 cubic inch monster was back underway. Soon the KORE/Greer Class 8 rolled into Los Cabos for a First Place finish.This was the first Mopar-powered Baja 1000 victory in over a decade."It was an amazing race for everyone," said Kent Kroeker. "This is the mostdifficult point to point race in the world and our teams performed admirably. In retrospect we could have done a few things differently, but all the money and preparation in the world probably wouldn't have flushed out the gremlin that bit us. The motor and suspension set up were perfect, the team was dialed and we could have won. But like my Dad used to say, -If you had a whole bunch of should-have, would-have and could-have in one hand and 25 cents in the other, you could buy a doughnut.-"

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